Everyone But The NCAA Knows Women Should Race The Same XC Distance As Men

2016 will mark the first cross country season ever in which high school girls in all 50 states will race the same distance as the boys. But, inexplicably, women will continue to run the 6K at the NCAA championships while the men race either the 10K or 8K.

North Dakota was the final holdout for moving prep girls up from 4K to 5K. Hilariously, Texas and Oklahoma let some girls run 5K--but not all. Smaller classes in those states ran 3,200 meters.

This massively overdue change happened quickly. According to Runner's World, nine states were running shorter races for girls as recently as 2013. But Wisconsin and Mississippi in 2014, and Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Minnesota in 2015 all switched to 5K. This now means Kansas and Mississippi are more progressive than the NCAA.

It also means that every level of distance running except for college cross country will have men and women racing the same distances. Men and women race the same distances on the track as high schoolers, collegians, and pros. They race the same distance on the roads. They race the same distance in high school cross country. And, as of 2017, men and women professionals at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships will both race the 10K.

At the NCAA championships, women race 6K in all three divisions. The men race 10K in Divisions I and II, and 8K in Division III. Other than small schools in Texas and Oklahoma, those are the only three championship races left where women have to race a different distance than men. It's obvious that, eventually, that will change; the only question is how long is the NCAA willing to be anachronistic and wrong?

If its past behavior is any guide, the answer is a very long time.

Mixed Gender Relay, Pink Track & All The Other Unique Parts Of World Champs

Sometime around 2:10 AM on September 28, I will be standing on a Middle Eastern waterfront watching a marathon finish.  

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FloTrack Predicts Team USA's Relay Lineups

Based on the announced relay pools, here's who we think Team USA should line up in Doha for the relay prelims and finals. 2019 season's best listed in parentheses.

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The 10 Most Important People At The 2019 World Championships

The 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, are 11 days away. We’ve weathered the longest track season ever and now all eyes turn to the Qatari capital as the first-ever Middle Eastern host of a track and field global championship. From the air-conditioned track and pink surface to the midnight marathon, there will be plenty that makes this year’s marquee event completely different from anything that’s ever come before it.

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USATF Announces Roster For 2019 IAAF World Championships

On Monday, USA Track and Field released their roster for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on September 27-October 6.

Geoffrey Kamworor Smashes Half Marathon WR With 58:01

Three-time half marathon world champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya is the new half marathon world record holder after the 26-year-old smashed the old mark by 17 seconds on Sunday with his 58:01 run in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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As an intimate crowd of familiar faces hovered around the Michael Johnson Track on Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Oregon, on Tuesday night, Woody Kincaid faced an ultimatum. 

Former NCAA 800m Champ Emmanuel Korir To Attempt 400m/800m Double

Today Kenya announced their World Championship team for Doha later this month. One notable highlight was the selection of former NCAA 800m champion Emmanuel Korir in the 400m dash. Korir qualified for the 800m team after finishing second at the Kenyan trials, he was also selected to the 400m team due to his 44.55 performance at Kenya’s African Games trials back in June.

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Will A World Record Be Broken At The World Championships?

Last month, Lincoln diagnosed the chase for world records across track and field. In his post, he argued that there was least a semblance of a chance for broken records in 11 different events. Now, two weeks before the World Championships, I updated that forecast heading into the final meet of the season. 

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Christian Coleman Responds To USADA Dropping Case: 'I Think It's A Shame'

Christian Coleman spoke publicly for the first time since the U.S. Anti Doping Agency dropped their case against the sprint star last week.